Weekly reopening update

Weekly reopening update
Posted on 11/13/2020
Reopening update

We know that our delay of bringing more students back to in-person learning is disappointing to students, families, and staff. Currently, we estimate that we will bring our 4th and 5th graders back to part-time in-person instruction on January 11th, as long as it remains safe to do so. We also hope to bring back other groups earlier, including our Career & Technical Education students and those who are particularly struggling socially and/ or academically. We have already expanded some in-person learning to students who receive special education services.  

We are still working through details for secondary students to return to in-person learning. Our internal teams continue to collaborate; we will revise our plans for secondary students based on the recommendations from Skagit County Health Department. We will continue to keep you informed throughout this process. 

Why are we keeping K-3 students in school? 

We collaborate frequently with the Skagit County Health Department, and they advise us that our current model remains a safe option for students and staff. 

DoH recommends keeping K-3 in-person despite the fact that
our numbers are above 75. Their rationale: 

  • We are following all safety requirements by having a reduced number of students on campus each day, and we are practicing social distancing, increased air flow, and wearing masks. 
  • We are following the guidance that our earliest learners need to be engaged with in-person learning.
  • If we are experiencing issues with positive cases specific to our local school community, they may recommend distance learning. The rise in numbers are not associated with the school community, so they recommend remaining in-person. 
  • They do not recommend returning students in grades 4 & 5 (and beyond) at this time because it would increase school occupancy each day, which would increase risk. 

Why do we have to follow Skagit County’s recommendations when Anacortes cases remain low? 

Multiple factors go into our decision-making process, and we will continue to follow the direction of our medical professionals. We are seeing an increase in Anacortes, which mirrors cases in other cities across Skagit County. Cases around the state and the nation are also spiking. We continue to urge our families and staff to limit their travel and interactions with large groups.

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